The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced that all oyster harvest shall close in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR) in Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes at one-half hour after sunset on Monday, November 9, 2015. This small public oyster seed reservation holds a limited oyster supply. Harvest pressure since the oyster season opened on October 19 has depleted the already small oyster resource. Protection of the remaining oyster resources is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area.
The Commission authorized Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Secretary Robert J. Barham to take emergency action to close areas, on an as-needed basis, based on biological data or if enforcement problems are encountered. The Secretary was also authorized to take emergency action to reopen areas previously closed if the threat to the resource has ended and to open areas if substantial oyster resources are located.
Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.